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Headshot of Pouria Ghods, Giatec Co-Founder & CEO
EPISODE 1

Bridging the Gap Between Science and Industry with Giatec CEO Pouria Ghods

On this episode the CEO and Co-Founder of Giatec Dr. Pouria Ghods shares his insights on creating and scaling up a start up in the construction industry and how the company uses its academic background to help bring new technology and practices to business around the world. 

Dr. Gaurav Sant, Civil, Environmental and Materials Science Professor at UCLA and Founder of CO2Concrete
EPISODE 2

Setting the Foundation for Our Future

In this episode you’ll hear from world renowned experts and leading tech innovators from around the world on the actionable steps we can take to create a sustainable construction industry. This panel discussion was originally recorded in January 2021, at the Net Zero Construction Conference.

Dr. Aali Alizadeh, Co-Founder & CTO of Giatec Scientific Inc.
EPISODE 3

Revolutionizing the Concrete Industry with Giatec Co-Founder & CTO Dr. Aali Alizadeh

In this episode with Giatec Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Aali Alizadeh, learn what motivated him and his business partner, Dr. Pouria Ghods, to start one of Ottawa’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Also hear about the latest technologies Giatec is developing and the company’s sustainability initiative through their artificial intelligence tool, SmartMix.  

Andrew Fahim, Senior Manager of Research and Development at Giatec Scientific Inc.
EPISODE 4

Concrete Mix Optimization and Artificial Intelligence with Andrew Fahim

In this episode hear from Andrew Fahim, Giatec’s Senior Manager of Research and Development about his personal story of how he joined Giatec and his passion for finding smart solutions. Learn about the latest technologies Giatec is developing and the company’s sustainability initiative through their artificial intelligence tool, SmartMix.

Nathan Medcalf, Public Relations and Editorial Manager at The Canadian Concrete Expo.
EPISODE 5

The Digital Age of Construction with Nathan Medcalf

In this episode we are joined by Nathan Medcalf, Public Relations and Editorial Manager at The Canadian Concrete Expo as we discuss the latest trends and technologies entering the construction industry. We touch upon how the industry has adjusted to digital format, upcoming technology such as virtual reality, and the influence of construction media.

Dr. Phil de Luna, Director of Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program at the National Research Council Canada.
EPISODE 6

Getting to Net Zero with Dr. Phil De Luna

In this episode hear from sustainability expert Dr. Phil De LunaDirector of Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program at the National Research Council Canada about the technologies and practices that are being implemented today to get to net zero and reduce CO2 emissions. Find out what capturing carbon is, the role that diversity plays in leadership, the impact of effective communication, and more.  

Stacy Smedley, Director of Sustainability at Skanska USA, and Executive Director at Building Transparency.
EPISODE 7

EPD and Sustainability in Construction with Stacy Smedley

In this episode of Construction Revolution, we are joined by Stacy Smedley, Director of Sustainability at Skanska USA, and Executive Director at Building Transparency. She talks about environmental product declaration (EPD) in the construction industry and the development of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool. Stacy also touches on the future of sustainability in construction as well as the current path to eliminating embodied carbon from buildings! 

Dr. Jeremy Gregory, Executive Director of Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT
EPISODE 8

Cool Pavement and Urban Pavement Strategy with Dr. Jeremy Gregory of MIT 

In this episode of Construction Revolution learn from MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub Executive Director, Dr. Jeremy Gregory, about the carbon uptake of concrete in the US pavement network. Discover the impact of cool pavement on the environment and how and why we need to rethink our urban pavement strategy to reduce carbon output.

Brian Ringley, Construction Technology Manager at Boston Dynamics
David Burczyk, Construction Robotics Lead, Connected Construction at Trimble Inc.
EPISODE 9

Robotics and Precision Data Collection on Construction Sites

On this episode of the show Boston Dynamic’s Brian Ringley and Trimble’s David Burczyk come on to discuss the technological collaboration between their companies. Trimble and Boston Dynamics collaborate to deliver a seamlessly integrated solution between Spot the robot and premier data collection systems including GNSS, RTS, and 3D laser scanning.
Jay Mulakala
EPISODE 10

Solving the Construction Industry’s Problems Using Drone Technology with DroneDeploy’s Jay Mulakala

In this episode of Construction Revolution, we are joined by Jay Mulakala from DroneDeploy, where he leads the Global Solutions Engineering team in guiding enterprise sales strategies within North America and the APAC. Jay shares his insights on the potential of drone technology to enhance data visualization and analysis strategies, evolving from basic mapping techniques to a 360-degree experience as provided by their 360 Walkthrough feature, as well as optimizing the project management process in the construction industry. Jay also addresses safety concerns and regulations, relevant authorizations and clearance requirements, as well as emergency and evacuation plans pertaining to their drone operation.
Christie Gamble
EPISODE 11

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of the Concrete Industry with CarbonCure’s Christie Gamble

In this episode of Construction Revolution, we are joined by Christie Gamble, the Senior Director of Sustainability at CarbonCure Technologies, where she drives the company’s mission to reduce 500 megatons of annual carbon emissions from the cement and concrete industry. As one of the two recipients of the $20 million global five-year NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, CarbonCure manufactures technologies that enable concrete manufacturers to utilize post-industrial carbon dioxide and reduce the carbon impact of their infrastructural projects without compromising concrete quality. Christie provides a detailed breakdown of the scientific process involved in repurposing carbon in concrete production as well as the logistics of providing these services to manufacturers through their market development team. She also emphasizes the importance of creating ambitious but viable goals towards carbon neutrality.

Kristina Mahler
EPISODE 12

Shifting the Stigma Surrounding Careers in Construction with Kristina Mahler

In this episode of Construction Revolution, we spoke with Kristina Mahler, the multi-hyphenate founder of CREW Collaborative and Steel Toe Consulting, LLC. CREW Collaborative aims to change the way the construction industry recruits the incoming workforce, cultivates the existing community, and reduces the stigma associated with careers in construction. With her aim to question the status quo by finding innovative ways to grow the construction industry and a passion for small business strategy, Kristina leadCREW Collaborative to address key concerns in the industry surrounding recruitment, spreading word of the merits of the skilled trades space, and why women are integral to this workforce. She breaks down the mechanisms of marketing that small businesses should strive to master, what it takes to build a nonprofit organization from the ground up, and her vision for CREW Collaborative. 

Sarah McGuire
EPISODE 13

A Deep Dive Into Giatec’s SmartRock Wireless Concrete Sensors with Sarah McGuire

In this episode of Construction Revolution, we spoke with Sarah McGuire, the Senior Director of Sales at Giatec Scientific Inc., where she leads the company’s sales and business development to drive its mission to revolutionize the concrete industry. The company’s revolutionary concrete testing technology is now being used in thousands of projects across 85 countries and has been on Canada’s fastest growing companies list for three years running. Sarah built Giatec’s channel partner network to drive demand for internet of things sensors within emerging markets and has developed programs to help clients succeed with using advanced concrete testing technologies. She is now leading the sales efforts and members within the North American market. Giatec is well-known for its SmartRock wireless concrete sensor, and in this episode, Sarah provides a detailed look into the mechanisms of the SmartRock product, an explanation of the maturity method in relation to the function of the sensors, as well as tips and tricks to obtain concrete strength estimation in the most efficient way possible. 

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